Cyber Attack

2015 OPM data hack resurfaces in financial crime

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are expressing concern about reports that Office of Personnel Management data, famously hacked by China a few years ago, has resurfaced as part of a white-collar crime in the United States, GovExec reports.

Earlier this month, the article notes, the Justice Department announced stolen identities had been used in a scheme to rip off a credit union used by federal employees. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) have queried Attorney General Jeff Sessions and OPM Director Jeff Pons about the matter, observing that the recent credit union scam victims were previously hit by the hacking of millions of OPM personnel files.

U.S. authorities to date have assured victims of the OPM hack that their data was part of a foreign government’s espionage and related to possible blackmail plans—and unlikely to be used by garden-variety criminals for financial gain.

Reader comments

Tue, Jul 3, 2018

This is absolutely and totally wrong for the person who had their social security number to rack up charges on an credit card or line of credit. This person has probably spent a lot of time and anxiety in trying to get this taken care of. Since OPM and its minion squad is responsible for the breach of personal data, they should be the ones that fix the situation is the shortest time possible with complete and proper resolution. of course OPM just considers this the cost of business. Once some one in the congress or senate has their accounts breached something maybe done but probably not since they cant get anything accomplished other than taking recess or going to lunch or dinner with special interest groups.

Mon, Jul 2, 2018

Does this mean they will extend the credit coverage?

Mon, Jul 2, 2018 David Collins MCAS Cherry Point

I was hacked with the OPM. They have used my SSN to charge a debt that I am trying to get rid of!

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